SASM 2nd annual get together that was held at Ta’ Kenuna Bar and Restaurant in Nadur Gozo. The event was well attended (we tripled the number of attendees over last year).
A group of volunteers arrived beforehand so that we could decorate the place and turn the restaurant into Festive USA mode. Photos clearly indicate that we overcame this challenge with flying colours.
We soon realized that the area we had originally reserved (double of what we had last year) was not sufficient. Luckily Ta Kenuna Restaurant had an additional dining area that allowed is to spill over into this area.
The event kicked off with the singing of the US National Anthem after which the food starting being served. In the background US songs could, at times, be heard over the chatter and laughter of SASM members as well friends and family who accompanied them.
After the tables were cleared of the second course, President Alan Bonnici and Honorary President Mark Miceli-Farrugia thanked those who had attended the event as well as the committee of SASM who put time and effort into making SASM into the active and dynamic organisation it is. SASM is a not-for-profit organisation by members for members. It thrives on the input of its members and offers services and support to all those who have at heart the continuing good relations between Malta and the USA. It aims to keep a bit of the USA alive for those Americans and Maltese who reside in Malta as well as retain and project Maltese culture and lifestyle to those who left the Maltese islands in the past. With the latter SASM hopes to extend Malta to subsequent generations of Maltese living abroad who, because of circumstance, may not appreciate their Maltese heritage. Special thanks to the success of this particular event went to committee members Joyce Grech and Joe Meilak who were in charge of organising this event.
As desert made it way to the tables, Joyce Grech took charge of the raffle. Prizes donated by Meridiana Wine Estate, onNeutral’s Bulk SMS Services, Budweiser and Ta’ Kenuna Bar And Restaurant were distributed to attendees. Thanks to the generous donations many of the attendees walked out with a gift (some with two or more).
This August evening came to a close with the singing of the Maltese national anthem. At the end, those who live in Gozo drove or walked home, those who come from Malta headed for the ferry and those who live in the USA will continue their holidaying in Malta until they have to go back to the USA.
Stars and Stripes Malta would like to thank the following organisations and individuals for helping to make this such a special occasion:
• Mr Charles Calleja
• Mr Charlie Tewma
• Embassy of the United States of America
• Meridiana Wine Estate
• Ta’ Kenuna Bar And Restaurant
• onNeutral’s Bulk SMS Services